Celebrating the “Great Eight” at PBBC

Submitted by Sharon Guthrie
Lunch at Portuguese Bend Beach Club, July 29, 2015

“It was a casual beach party for our Provisional Class “The Great Eight” and their sponsors. Of course, sadly, not all could attend but those of us who were able to be there had such a fun time and lots of great visits with one another. Everyone contributed food and it turned out to be quite a feast! Weather – perfect, and being with such special ladies…. well, it was simply great!”

2015 Prof at PBBC

Grand Salon Committee Wrap Party at the Beach Club

There were High 5’s and hugs and margaritas at the Grand Salon Wrap Party to celebrate the great results of this year’s event held on May 31.  Thanks to all who played a part in making it special, and to Sandra Clay for arranging our afternoon at Portuguese Bend Beach Club.

Photos by Lu Takeuchi

GS Beach Val and group

The Committee

Co-Chairs – Marian Hall, Jane Beseda
Hostess – Carolyn Elliott, with Gloria Mata
Advisors – Paula Del Vicario, Marian Duntley
Auction – Marilyn Hoffman, Sharon Guthrie
Bar – Jann Feldman, Debby McDonald
Benefactors – Lois Moore
Guest List/Finance – Judy Sannes
Invitations Production – Val Noguchi
Invitations Mailing – Linda Gassett
Musicians LA Phil – Verna Balch, Cheryl Graue
Musicians Student – Jean Strickland
Photography – Ellen Perkins
Program – Lu Takeuchi
Publicity – Jane and Marian
Rentals and Set Up – Deborah Deutsch, Linda Gassett
Restaurants – Nancy Siskowic and Marian Duntley
Supplies and Gifts – Diana Honeycutt
Treasurer Fundraising Events – Linda Whitson
Escorts and Brawn – David Jones, Jim Beseda, Svein Fougner

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Auction Tours Begin with a Blend of History and Culture

The Silent Auction held at the Grand Salon on May 31 offered an extensive choice of tours, parties and get-togethers.  Lucky winners enjoyed their first outings this week with tours of two historic venues—the Hollywood Bowl and Rancho Los Alamitos.

Hollywood Bowl Backstage Tour

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the US, and is a 59 acre county park and picnic ground.  The LA Phil inaugurated the first official Hollywood Bowl season, “Symphonies Under the Stars,” on July 11, 1922, and it’s still going strong with 75 summer concerts, including 14 with fireworks.  Hostesses Jane Beseda, Carol Hart, and Marilyn Hoffman treated a group of 10 to a backstage and museum tour, and in true Hollywood Bowl tradition, a picnic at the Volunteer Cottage.  The group also made their singing debut at the Bowl with “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, led by our own Carol Hart, who performed at the Bowl when she sang with the LA Master Chorale.

July 11, 1922 - Opening Day for the inaugural season of

July 11, 1922 – Opening Day for the inaugural season of “Symphonies Under the Stars.”

The current shell of 2003 brought much needed acoustical improvements, replacing the 1929 shell that had stood for 74 years.

The group in front of the shell - Front row L-R: Cindy Hardin, Yuri Kantor, Carol Hart, Dale Harbour-Day, Emily Reed; 2nd row: John Maniatakis, Alicia Maniatakis, Pilar Hale, Jane Beseda, Marian Duntley; 3rd row - Tom Kantor, Marilyn Hoffman, Carol McGarry

The group in front of the 2003 shell – Front row L-R: Cindy Hardin, Yuri Kantor, Carol Hart, Dale Harbour-Day, Emily Reed; 2nd row: John Maniatakis, Alicia Maniatakis, Pilar Hale, Jane Beseda, Marian Duntley; 3rd row – Tom Kantor, Marilyn Hoffman, Carol McGarry

The “Peninsula Committee Singers” ready to make their debut…

Same group, ready to sing, with the addition of Melanie Sanguinet, , Manager Volunteer Activities, on left.  Photographer Joseph Feneck, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator, also made a video of the  song.

Same group, ready to sing “This Land is Your Land,” with the addition of Melanie Sanguinet, Manager Volunteer Activities, far left. Behind the camera:  Joseph Feneck, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator, also made a video of this awesome performance.

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Rancho Los Alamitos Tour

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Preston

Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach is on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a sacred village of the Tongva people, and its evolution through the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and 20th century development.  It is a rare remnant of the original 300,000 acre Spanish land grant given to Manuel Nieto in 1790. The Rancho includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca. 1800, four acres of historic gardens, and a meticulously restored working ranch barnyard.  The barnyard is home to chickens, bunnies, and Preston the Shire horse, whose shoes are big enough to put your head through!  Thanks to hostesses Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, and Cheryl Graue for this great tour.

The Ranch House

The Ranch House

The group ready to experience the living history of Southern California.  Dale Hoffman, Marilyn Hoffman, Beth Howell, Dan Bochard, Paula Di Fiore, Christel Bochard, Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, Cheryl Graue, Linda Whitson, Carol McGarry

The group ready to experience the living history of Southern California. Dale Hoffman, Marilyn Hoffman, Beth Howell, Dan Bochard, Paula Di Fiore, Christel Bochard, Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, Cheryl Graue, Linda Whitson, Carol McGarry

Scrumptious lunch in the garden.  This is the life.

Scrumptious lunch in the garden. This is the life.

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The Grand Salon: From Adagio to Presto

By Jane Beseda
Photos by Ellen Perkins, Lu Takeuchi, and Corina Easley

Visualize a perfect evening of celebration, with moments of serenity punctuated by moments of exhilaration.  Great music played by world class musicians? at a cliffside estate overlooking the sea? complemented by great food and wine? with enticing auction items promising new adventures?  That golden evening was the 2015 Grand Salon and Auction held on May 31 at the storybook home of Carolyn and Julian Elliott.

A stunning view of the cliffs

A stunning view of the cliffs

All the preparation is done and the Committee is ready for action.  Let the celebration begin!

Grand Salon Committee:  (front row L-R)Co-chairs Jane Beseda and Marian Hall, (2nd row) Lu Takeuchi, Jean Strickland, Debby Mc Donald, Verna Balch, (3rd row) Sharon Guthrie (Auction Co-chair), Jann Feldman, Deborah Deutsch, Judy Sannes, (4th row) Diana Honeycutt, Paula Del Vicario (President), Marian Duntley, 5th row) Cheryl Graue, Marilyn Hoffman (Auction Co-chair), Nancy Siskowic

Grand Salon Committee: (front row L-R) Grand Salon Co-chairs Jane Beseda and Marian Hall, (2nd row) Lu Takeuchi, Jean Strickland, Debby Mc Donald, Verna Balch, (3rd row) Sharon Guthrie (Auction Co-chair), Jann Feldman, Deborah Deutsch, Judy Sannes, (4th row) Diana Honeycutt, Paula Del Vicario (PCLAP President), Marian Duntley, (5th row) Cheryl Graue, Marilyn Hoffman (Auction Co-chair), Nancy Siskowic

Thanks to the many volunteers who lent a hand as bartenders, welcome table helpers, auction-meisters, greeters, set-up & schlep crew, restaurant coordinators, and oh-so-many other jobs.

Setting up on Friday:  Judy Sannes, Marian Hall, Jane Beseda, Linda Gassett

Setting up on Friday: Judy Sannes, Marian Hall, Jane Beseda, Linda Gassett

Bright smiles welcome our guests:  Linda Whitson, Judy Sannes, and Carol Hart

Bright smiles welcome our guests: Linda Whitson, Judy Sannes, and Carol Hart

Auction items neatly arrayed and ready for lively bidding

Auction items neatly arrayed and ready for lively bidding

The most popular pre-concert spot — the wine bar.  Bartenders Michele Del Vicario and Jim Moore

The most popular pre-concert spot — the wine bar. Bartenders Michele Del Vicario and Jim Moore

New restaurant, Lou's on the Hill, offering tasty bites

New restaurant, Lou’s on the Hill, offering tasty treats

And everybody had a great time!

Dottie Lay and Sue Frew

Dottie Lay and Sue Frew

Marilyn Hoffman and Sara Jane Bettge

Marilyn Hoffman and Sara Jane Bettge

Jean Strickland, Lenita Witherspoon, Kei Benoit

Jean Strickland, Lenita Witherspoon, Kei Benoit

Joe and Phyllis Sherwood and Fraser Perkins

Joe and Phyllis Sherwood and Fraser Perkins

Dale Hoffman (Auction) and Jim Beseda (Many Jobs)...comparing notes on their assignments from their wives

Dale Hoffman (Auction) and Jim Beseda (Many Jobs)…comparing notes on their assignments from their wives

A string trio of LA Phil musicians thrilled us with a superb performance of Schubert and Beethoven.

LA Phil musicians captivating the crowd:  Jin-Shan Dai, violin, Robert deMaine, cello, Ben Ullery, viola

LA Phil musicians captivating the crowd: Jin-Shan Dai, violin, Robert deMaine, cello, Ben Ullery, viola

Our student musicians made us proud.  Their talent promises a bright future for classical music.

Palos Verdes High School String Trio:  Kaori Shimizu, violin, Eileen Kim, violin, ???, viola

Palos Verdes High School String Trio: Edward Shin, violin, Eileen Kim, violin, Kaori Shimizu, viola

AMUSE Saxophone Trio:  James Sonoda, alto saxophone, Benny Golbin, alto and soprano saxophones, Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone

AMUSE Saxophone Trio: James Sonoda, alto saxophone, Benny Golbin, alto and soprano saxophones, Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone

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With heartfelt thanks to Carolyn and Julian Elliott for generously opening their home in support of the LA Phil and PCLAP Youth Music Programs.

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Co-chair Marian Hall, Hostess Carolyn Elliott, Co-chair Jane Beseda

Co-chair Marian Hall, Hostess Carolyn Elliott, Co-chair Jane Beseda

The Grand Salon

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The Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic

is proud to present an evening of
world class music, fine wine, and gourmet tastings

at the seaside estate of
Carolyn and Julian Elliott
Palos Verdes Estates

Sunday, May 31, 2015
5 to 8 o’clock in the evening

Tickets $175 – by invitation only
Contact us at 310-544-1885
or pclaphil@gmail.com

Cocktail attire

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Contribute

Become a Benefactor for a contribution of $1000 or more
and receive two  tickets with reserved seating
and recognition in the program.

To make a donation in any amount
contact us at 310-544-1885
or pclaphil@gmail.com

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
EIN #23-7169837

String Trio

Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 

Ben Ullery PhotoBEN ULLERY is Assistant Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012.  Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he spent three seasons as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.  He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he received numerous honors upon graduation.  He later attended New England Conservatory and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.  Ullery is a founding member of the San Julian String Quartet, an ensemble that has played recitals throughout Los Angeles, including the LA Phil’s chamber series in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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ROBERT deMAINE
is a virtuoso cellist who has been hailed by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note.”  He has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal, recording artist, and chamber musician.  In 2012, he was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Cello.  As a composer, deMaine has written several works for the cello, including a set of twelve Etudes-Caprices.  He performs on an immaculately preserved Venetian cello made in 1748 by Domenico Busan.

Jin-Shan Dai photoJIN-SHAN DAI is a dynamic violinist who has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2010.  He was a member of the Toronto Symphony from 2004 to 2010, and made his debut as a soloist with that orchestra in 2008.  A native of China, Dai studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before moving to the U.S. at the age of 17.  At home in Los Angeles, Dai frequently appears in the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella new music series.

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Silent Auction

Gifts at our silent auction include these exciting items:

● An evening of music with David Benoit performing in a private home, including a gourmet dinner with Michael Shafer of the Depot Restaurant
● 2 Irish Getaways – One week stay in a charming cottage.  Begorra! (2 different items)
● Sunset cruise on a private yacht around LA Harbor
● Ride on the Goodyear Blimp for 2
● Hollywood Bowl backstage tour with lunch at the Cottage
● Outing to Union Station with lunch at Philippe’s
● Tour of the Weisman Art Collection with lunch at The Polo Lounge
● and many more…

Programs supported by the proceeds from the Auction include:

● Instrumental Music Classes for grades 4 through 12
● Music in the Garden, a concert held at the South Coast Botanic Garden where young South Bay musicians perform for a public audience
● Norris Theatre Concert, a performance of live music for PVPUSD 5th graders
Toyota Symphonies for Youth, a concert series that includes bus transportation to Walt Disney Concert Hall to hear performances by the LA Philharmonic
● Music Mobile, a hands-on introduction to the instruments of a symphony orchestra for 3rd graders in 23 Peninsula and South Bay schools

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Young Musicians

Palos Verdes High School String Trio
Eileen Kim, violin
Kaori Shimizu, violin
Jamie Chung, cello

AMUSE Saxophone Trio
Benny Golbin, alto and soprano saxophones
James Sonoda, alto saxophone
Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone

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Gourmet Tastings Provided by

Bristol Farms
837 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates 90274

Chez Melange
1611 Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 90277

El Pollo Inka
550 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates 90274

Giorgio’s
777 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates 90274

Hey 19
4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance 90505

Lou’s on the Hill
24590 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 90505

Ortega 120
1814 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 90277

Rock & Brews
6300 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 90277

Yellow Vase
Golden Cove, Malaga Cove, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates

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Sincere Appreciation to Our Supporters

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The Palos Verdes Music Center

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Daily Breeze Coverage of Grand Salon

Meredith Grenier wrote a terrific article on the Grand Salon that was published in the Daily Breeze on June 22.  Meredith’s writing and photos capture the spirit of the Peninsula Committee and the impact we have on music in the community through our volunteer activities and fundraising.  Click here to read the full text of the article.  Thank you Meredith!

(Front) Jan Brandmeyer, Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, co-chairs, Karen Gottlieb, Carolyn Elliott, (back) Tricia Paulsen, Steve Napolitano, deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Marian Duntley

(Front) Jan Brandmeyer, Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, co-chairs, Karen Gottlieb, Carolyn Elliott, (back) Tricia Paulsen, Steve Napolitano, deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Marian Duntley

Grand Salon “Remembrances”

Article by Jane Beseda
Photos by Jeff Grant

bain_andrew_700Andrew Bain, Principal Horn of the LA Phil, defined the mood for the Grand Salon with his performance of Remembrances by Michael Conway Baker.  Accompanied by Dr. Vivian Fan, Director of Accompanying Program at Colburn Conservatory, Andrew treated us to a flawless demonstration of what the instrument can do in the hands of a master.  Other selections in the program were Laudatio, by Bernhard Krol, Sonata for Horn and Piano by Paul Hindemith, and Sonata for Piano and Horn by Ludwig van Beethoven.

 

Dr. Vivian Fan, piano, Andrew Bain, horn, and Denise Clement, Co-chair, and a spellbound audience

Dr. Vivian Fan, piano, Andrew Bain, horn, Denise Clement, Co-chair, and a spellbound audience

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The smiles of our guests tell the story of this golden evening.

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Jan Brandmeyer and Nancy Siskowic arranged a marvelous lineup of Tastings providers —sometimes enlisting the help of their assistant recruiter and secret weapon, Nancy’s husband Ed DeRenzis.  We are arranging a series of Gratitude dinners to thank these fine restaurants for their support.  Our own volunteer bartenders deftly poured happiness to add to the glow.

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We were honored to host Steve Napolitano from Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, and give a proper thank you for the Supervisor’s steadfast support of our music outreach to the community.

Steve Napolitano representing 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe's office, accepting a certificate expressing our gratitude

Steve Napolitano representing 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe’s office, accepting a certificate of appreciation

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As we pulled up to the new valet service and took in sweeping vistas of the coastline, the AMUSE Saxophone Quartet welcomed us at the door.  The Palos Verdes High School String Quartet played inside as we enjoyed each other’s fellowship before the program began.

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AMUSE Saxophone Quartet: Christian Botz-Zapp, alto saxophone, Mack Nickel, alto saxophone, Naoki Kita, tenor saxophone, Benny Golbin (instructor), baritone saxophone

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PV High School String Quartet:  Eileen Kim, violin, Kaori Shimizu, violin, Sarah Lu, viola, Ryan Lau, cello (a substitute is in the photo)

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Our heartfelt thanks go to Co-chairs Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, and to our hosts Carolyn and Julian Elliott, for a graceful evening of pure delight.

Joan Connaghan, Co-chair, Carolyn Elliott, Hostess, and Denise Clement, Co-chair

Joan Connaghan, Co-chair, Carolyn Elliott, Hostess, and Denise Clement, Co-chair

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 Benefactors

Marian & Jim Duntley
Carolyn & Julian Elliott

Joyce & Jerry Fein
Elaine & Ron Florance
Sue & Allan Frew
Linda & Will Gassett
Jacqueline Glass
Reed L. & Nan M. Harmon Foundation
Dottie & Allen Lay
Kay & William Magee
Denyse Miller
Judity & Fred Mishkin
Christine Ofiesh
Tricia & Tom Paulsen
Lois Ryan

Donors

Cynthia Allan
Sondra Behrens
Jackie Givins
Catherine King
Nancy & Andrew Mactavish
Terri & Richard Somers
Carrie & Stanley Stock
Nedra Zachary

Underwriters

AMUSE Music, Inc &
Sandra G. Clay
Jane & Jim Beseda
Carolyn & Julian Elliott
Union Bank – Miraleste Plaza
PCLAP Class of 2011
In memory of Kay Maselter

Tastings Provided by

Admiral Risty
Baby Cakes Baking Company

Bottle Inn Riviera
Bristol Farms
Chez Melange
Giorgio’s
Ortega 120
Rock & Brews

Grand Salon Committee 

Denise Clement and Joan Connaghan, Co-chairs
Jane Beseda, Jan Brandmeyer, Karen Cameron, Sandra Clay, Paula del Vicario, Marian Duntley, Joyce Fein, Karen Gottlieb, Nancy Grant, Cheryl Graue, Sharon Guthrie, Marian Hall, Marilyn Hoffman, Ellen Moses, Val Noguchi, Tricia Paulsen, Judy Sannes, Nancy Siskowic, Jean Strickland, Gail Tierney

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